Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Atitlan is the Cakchiquel Maya village of San Antonio Palopó offering spectacular views of Lake Atitlan. This small unspoiled picturesque village is known for its indigenous style of clothing (traje) and for producing the finest pottery and ceramics in Guatemala.
The pottery and ceramics that are created in San Antonio Palopó incorporates hand-painted unique indigenous designs in a range of colors and motifs that showcase the indigenous culture, themes, and motifs in a vibrant style.
What makes this area so special for creating pottery and ceramics is the varied types of rocks, sand and the volcanic activity that have combined over the centuries to produce a clay that is perfect for making high quality ceramics. In fact, this source of great clay is exactly what brought the legendary potter Ken Edwards to Guatemala in the 1990s where he established a ceramic studio.
Edwards taught the locals modern techniques which they then combined with ancient pottery influences to produce the world renowned San Antonio Palopó pottery and ceramics that you see today.
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We are located 1/2 mile from the Village of Santa Catarina Palopó
Santa Catarina Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. The municipality is located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, approximately 3 miles South-Southeast of Panajachel, a popular tourist destination.